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Jobete Music Co., Inc. to Convert Catalog of Motown Hits to Yamaha XG(TM) MIDI File Format

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Jobete Music Co., Inc., an international corporation on the cutting edge of interactive music publishing, and Yamaha Corporation are together announcing that Jobete's extensive catalog of Motown hit songs is being converted to Yamaha's XG(TM) MIDI file format for use in a wide range of multimedia applications.

Jobete is the publishing company created by innovative music mogul Berry Gordy. In 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, Gordy founded Motown Records, often hailed as the American record company that withstood the British rock music invasion and redefined pop music throughout the world. Jobete Music owns the copyrights to the vast majority Motown Records' music.

Michael G. D'Amore of the Yamaha Office of Strategic Business Development says Jobete's decision to support Yamaha's XG marks the first time a major music publisher has not only agreed to support a MIDI file format, but also to actually produce the files themselves. This continues Gordy's great tradition of breaking new ground in the world of popular music.

Michael Lovesmith, Jobete Music's Vice President of Production and Catalog, says, "We've wanted to bring all of this great music to the interactive world for a long time, but couldn't until there was a format that would meet our rigorous standards for sound reproduction. Using Yamaha's XG format, listeners will experience our songs as we mean them to be heard."

D'Amore says, "Only Jobete Music can accurately reproduce the thousands of hits in the Motown catalog and, most importantly, maintain the original sound and feel. That's why this is so exciting for Yamaha -- our XG technology is helping Jobete recreate one of the most influential eras in the history of music. The audience will be able to experience exactly what Jobete intends because of the versatility, range and high quality of instrumentation of Yamaha's XG format."

Together, Yamaha and Jobete Music plan to make thousands of titles available for use in interactive applications such as games, Web sites, and karaoke. Among them are the hit songs by Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and many other artists known and loved from the Motown family.

D'Amore says, "Current and future generations will have the chance to recapture the exciting sound that helped change the way youth would relate to music forever after."

The XG format is available in Yamaha's MIDPLUG(TM), SW60XG(TM), DB50XG(TM) and many other implementations.

For more information contact the Yamaha Office of Strategic Business Development at 714-522-9330 or

XG(TM), MIDPLUG(TM), SW60XG(TM) and DB50XG(TM) are registered trademarks of Yamaha Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies and are hereby acknowledged.

SOURCE Yamaha Corporation
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/CONTACT: Carol Tomme Thiel, Public Relations contact, 206-828-1490 or; or Michael G. D'Amore of Yamaha Corporation, 714-522-9330 or; or Abner of Jobete, 213-856-3584/

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